2018 marks Great Lake Swimmers’ 15th anniversary. The JUNO nominated, Polaris Prize shortlisted Toronto group, fronted by singer-songwriter Tony Dekker, have just released their latest album The Waves, The Wake – a metaphor for the future ahead and the past trailing behind. It sees the group branching out to include new sounds such as harp, lute, pipe organ, woodwinds, congas and marimbas, alongside the more familiar flecks and chimes of the banjo, piano, and 12-string electric guitar. The stunning acoustics in London, Ontario’s historic, 145-year-old Bishop Cronyn Memorial Church lent an atmospheric touch.
Tony Dekker’s unforgettable voice and compelling songwriting transform folk traditions. Aurally rich, layering their pellucid classic folk roots with hints of everything from torch and twang to rhythm and blues, the Swimmers' signature sound links transcendence in the natural world to the universal themes of love, mortality and escape.
Great Lake Swimmers have a reputation for recording in the field - from remote cabins to abandoned subway platforms. A band that delivers a crystal-clear, studio-worthy recording in the cavernous echo chamber of a derelict subway tunnel is doubly able to deliver live on a stage.
Megan Bonnell is quickly becoming one of Canada’s leading voices as a songwriter, performer, and artist. A two-time Canadian Folk Music Award nominee, Megan has spent the last three years touring Canada, the US, and making groundbreaking debut performances at European festivals including BIME Live Festival in Bilbao, the Barcelona Jazz Festival, and The End Festival in London.